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… the brain scanners get to work on “liberals vs. conservatives.” In “Republicans Have Bad Brains?” (Townhall, May 3, 2012 ), Jonah Goldberg offers,

“They do that because they were born that way.”

If you say that about homosexuals, you are tolerant and realistic. If you say it about blacks, you are racist (unless you’re black yourself). If you say it about women, you may or may not be sexist, depending on who is manning (er, womanning) the feminist battle stations. If you say it about men, you just might be a writer for Esquire. But if you say it about conservatives, you’re a scientist.

Over the past decade, a new fad has taken hold among academics and liberal journalists: call it the new science of conservative phrenology. No, it doesn’t actually involve using calipers to determine intelligence based on the size and shape of people’s heads. The measuring devices are better — MRIs and gene sequencers — but the conclusions are worse. The gist is this: Conservatives and liberals don’t just have different world views or ideas, they have different brains; the right and left are just hard-wired to think differently.

Author Chris Mooney compiles much of this research for his new book The Republican Brain, which purports to show that conservatives are, literally by nature, more closed-minded and resistant to change and facts. His evidence includes the fact that conservatives are less likely to buy into global warming, allegedly proving they are not only “anti-science” but innately anti-fact, as well.

Well, there are facts … and then, in Chris Mooney’s world, there are Facts. Lower case facts are what we must all live with, or shrink and maybe die. Upper case Facts must be true because someone’s worldview and fortunes depend on them.

See also: Liberal fascism: An Introduction (Goldberg’s analysis of what fascism actually means: Not jackboots; they are uncool. Today’s fascists are usually nice, well-meaning people who want to run your life; spikes, stilettos, etc. are optional accessories. “Run your life” isn’t optional. It’s the program.)

Monkey see, monkey do. If they want to say dumb bad people vote republican because of genetics then they are saying one can make conclusions about identities. one can exalt oneself and de exalt someone else. They really are trying to say being conservative/republican is showing one as inferior in intellect and morals. Here goes. Its clear to this Evangelical Canadian(of Anglo-American descent) that the more intelligent and better moral people are the historic Yankee Protestant (and these days Southern Protestant) people and these today are conservative and rEpublican. Then i add anyone who has assimulated trult into these people groups regardless of heritage. However they must be the man and not in any way segregated in heart or mind. Thats why conservative republican peoples and ideas tend to be more just and intelligent. The other side is any people historically and still not of these identities. Usually they hyphen their names and so you know them. They are liberal ish and vote democratic. Nothing here about genetics but yes about identity. Identity does control peoples outlooks as surely as being a boy or girl determines if you like sports passionately. its not a personal taste only. Okay if they want to talk about who is the better people then gather the facts and announce conclusions. Robert Byers
News: Brain-wiring determinism is self-referentially incoherent, undermining the credibility of the knowing, reasoning mind. I keep reminding us of Haldane:
"It seems to me immensely unlikely that mind is a mere by-product of matter. For if my mental processes are determined wholly by the motions of atoms in my brain I have no reason to suppose that my beliefs are true. They may be sound chemically, but that does not make them sound logically. And hence I have no reason for supposing my brain to be composed of atoms." ["When I am dead," in Possible Worlds: And Other Essays [1927], Chatto and Windus: London, 1932, reprint, p.209.]
Do these folks REALLY want to go down that road? KF kairosfocus

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